1. A place where provisions are kept; a buttery; a larder; a pantry.
In . . . his spence, or =\“pantry” were hung the carcasses of a sheep or ewe, and two cows lately slaughtered.\= --Sir W. Scott.
Bluff Harry broke into the spence,
And turned the cowls adrift. --Tennyson.
2. The inner apartment of a country house; also, the place where the family sit and eat. [Scot.]